Acne Diet Program – Liver Detox (2/2) 8

Welcome back to the second half of the liver detox journey with me. In the first half of liver detox series, I discussed the basic but important preparation work before the liver detox day, as setting the foundation properly for liver detox is just as important as conducting liver detox itself. If you haven’t, check out the first part of my liver detox journal last week to learn basics on liver detox and how to lay down an ideal foundation to ensure you get the most out of a liver detox experience.

With a solid foundation in place, let’s continue our exploration…

Liver Detox Day

Now here comes “the day” (I am excited even though I am just verbally repeating my experience to you)!

I first broke my juice cleanse with a smoothie breakfast and didn’t have any meal after 2pm to get ready for the liver detox.

Liver Detox Smoothie Ingredients

Smoothie recipe: coconut water, pear, apple, kale, cucumber, celery and blue berries

Liver Detox Smoothie

At 2pm, I mixed 4 tablespoon of Epsom salts with 3 cups of clean water in a Mason Jar, shook it well and place the jar in the fridge (I would need to drink ¾ cup of the mixture 2 times on the first liver detox day and another 2 times the next day).

Liver detox with Epsom salts mixture 1 Liver detox with Epsom salts mixture 2

 

At 6pm, I drank the first ¾ cup of the mixture and 2 cups of diluted coconut water immediately after. Epsom salts taste nowhere near regular salts, as it is bitter (actually very bitter). I simply held my breath, finished the ¾ cup of mixture in 30 seconds, took a deep breath and immediately drank the sweet coconut water to reward my taste bud.

Liver detox with coconut water

At 8pm, I took ¾ cup of the Epsom salts mixture for a second time and, of course, 2 cups of diluted coconut water immediate after.

At around 10pm, I prepared olive oil and lemon juice mixture by pouring ½ cup of olive oil and fresh juice from 3 lemons into the another Mason jar, shook well and placed it in the fridge.

Liver detox lemon juice Liver detox olive oil

At around 10:30pm, I took the citric mixture out of the fridge and was surprised to see both liquid mixed quite well together. As I started to sip the mixture, I found that olive oil diluted the bitter taste of lemon juice; and lemon juice made the mixture less greasy. So, the whole citric mixture was not as awful and nasty as I thought it would be. I then sipped it slowly for about 20 minutes. I wish I could have finished the whole bottle in 30 seconds. But, accordingly to the program, I needed to sip it slowly for 5 to 15 minutes; and the strong flavor of the whole mixture didn’t allow me finish it too soon, either (despite the strong flavor, this one tasted better than the Epsom salts). So, there you have it – my 20-minture adventure! Right after I finished the mixture, I immediately lay down on the bed with my head up for another 20 minutes.

After all of these, I went to bed at around midnight and slept on my left side. I felt a little sick (but just a little) in the middle of the night (at around 4a) and could felt that there were bowel movements inside me.

At 7am on the next morning, I took ¾ cup of Epsom salts mixture for a third time. According to the program, I should expect diarrhea at that point, which did not happen to me.

But when I took my last dose of the Epsom salts mixture at 9am, I started to experience diarrhea for multiple times throughout the day and did see that small pea-like greenish pebbles came out of my body!

Epsom salts detox

A snapshot of the moment when I finished the whole bottle of Epsom salts mixture! Wow, that was not an easy practice ;P

After Liver Flush

After the liver detox, I started to go back to a normal diet at around 2pm on that day. I drank a lot of electrolyte water and coconut water (which is also rich in electrolytes) throughout the day and in the following few days. Having a diarrhea can cause loss of electrolytes. And drinking electrolyte-rich water or related supplements can help our body replenish the nutrients. Besides, I also took probiotics after each meal to re-balance my system.

Liver detox with electrolyte water liver detox with probiotics

To detoxify my liver and improve its function, I took milk thistle capsules and drank a lot of Astragalus tea.

Liver detox tea astragalus

Astragalus powder I bought from China

Liver detox milk thistle

How I felt and looked

I personally enjoyed my liver detox experience and, after releasing “stones” out of my body, I feel cleaner mentally and physically. More importantly, the experience gives me the result as acne cure program promises: my skin got better and acne scars healed faster as well (after seeing my face below you may be wondering: wait, why did your skin get worse than last time after your juice fast? Well, that’s the result of having more nuts than I should after my juice fast but before my liver flush. Moral of the story is: even though nuts are good, do not eat too many at one time without consuming enough vegetables to digest the concentrated foods!).

Before and after liver detox

My face before and after liver detox

Prepare for your liver detox

Is liver detox on your to-do list? Or, are you pondering whether or not having a liver detox? I do hope that my experience can give your some ideas. If you are seriously thinking of having a liver detox, below are some tips I would like to share with you based on my experience and study:

  • Always consult your doctor about the procedure above
  • Make sure you are able to tolerate Epsom salts. If you cannot tolerate Epsom salts, which are essentially Magnesium Sulfate, you may suffer negative reaction.
  • Just like a juice cleanse, liver detox should always take place slowly by first introducing clean foods, then reducing the amount of foods before conducting a liver flush.
  • Always remember an anti-parasite regime before liver detox
  • Make sure you have everything prepared before the detox, so that you get the right nutrients in time. For example, during and after the liver flush, you should always drink a lot of electrolyte water or related supplements to replenish the lost electrolytes
  • Find two relaxing days to conduct your liver detox so that you can maximize the detox result: As you can see from my experience, doing a liver detox requires you visit the bathroom for multiple times. It would be ideal if you stay at home and chill out during the detox period, so that you can visit the bathroom whenever nature calls ; )

Foods and supplements I used

Below is a list of ingredients, supplements, foods I used for my liver detox and where I bought them for your reference. Hope this can help you prepare your first liver detox, should you decide to conduct liver flush someday:

Before liver flush

  • Nature’s Life Malic acid – Amazon
  • Now Foods, Fresh Green Black Walnut Wormwood Complex: iHerb (if you like, you could use the coupon code “WOK755” to get up to $10 off your first iHerb purchase.)

During and after liver flush

  • Epsom Salt Plus Epsom salts: Wholefoods (interestingly, it is not in the grocery section, but in the cosmetics section)
  • Zico Pure Premium Coconut Water: Costco (or, you can try Amazon; but Costo offers a better deal for the same amount. Alternatively,  you can also try Vita Coco Pure Water from Costco or Amazon. Even though they both are made from natural ingredients, I personally like Zico Pure Premium because it has less sugar)
  • Carapelli Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Costco or Amazon
  • 365 Whole Foods – Electrolyte Enhanced Water: Wholefoods
  • Flora Udo’s Choice Adult’s Probiotic: iHerb  (if you like, you could use the coupon code “WOK755” to get up to $10 off your first iHerb purchase.)
  • Jarrow Forumlas Milk Thistle: Amazon
  • Astragalus tea: I bought my Astragalus tea from China. But you could try other versions from Amazon, which is what I am going to buy for my detox next time.

What’s next?

Acne diet tracking

As you can see from my acne cure program schedule, my experiment has almost come to an end. I still have another liver flush to do before the program ends. By the end of next week, I will have finished my second liver flush. I will keep you updated afterward! Stay tuned.

Now it’s your turn. What are your thoughts on doing a liver detox after reading Part I and Part II? Are you interested in doing one or still scared (I was a bit scared at first, and hesitated for about 30 seconds before I began my first sip of Epsom salts mixture)? How did you feel about my experiment while you were reading it? I am here listening and always welcome any feedback or comments! Just share your thoughts below ; )

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8 thoughts on “Acne Diet Program – Liver Detox (2/2)

  1. Reply Tony Oct 28,2013 8:54 pm

    It’s very good.also healthy

  2. Reply Annie Jul 18,2014 4:46 pm

    Hi Tracy, thanks so much for your blog posts. I am about to go on the plan too and what is most daunting to me is the liver flush! I have a quetion:Did you keep drinking epsom salt for 12 days?? And do you experience diarrhea every single day during the detox period? I have an office job so I wonder how I am going to go through that period… Another question is that how is your skin now after you went through the plan? I would love to hear your experience post-acnenomore..:) Thanks!

    • Reply Tracy Huang Jul 18,2014 9:49 pm

      Hi Annie, thanks for stopping by! To answer your questions:

      – For each Liver Detox Session (and I had 2 sessions in total), it only lasted for about 2 days. So no, I didn’t drink Epsom salt for 12 days. The reason you saw there are 12 days is that the first 10 days or so were dedicated to eating clean and light, just to set a good foundation for your liver detox. If you read my blog again, each session I prepared 4 tablespoon of Epsom salts mixed with 3 cups of clean water in a Mason Jar. I would need to drink ¾ cup of the mixture 2 times on the first liver detox day and another 2 times the next day. So in total, I only drank this for 2 days for each session.

      – As you can see, each detox period only lasted for 2 days. And I didn’t experience diarrhea until the next day after I finished all the Epsom salt drink I prepared for myself (3 cups clean water mixed with 4 tablespoon of Epsom salts. Note that you will have to separate the whole mixture to 4 parts; and drink them separately).Once I started to have diarrhea, I actually had to run to the bathroom for several times throughout the day (so, make sure you pick a weekend to do this). And my stomach felt okay again next day.

      – How was my skin after I went though the plan? You would learn more about my thoughts and how I skin looked after I was done with the plan here. The good thing is I did feel my skin got better. Now here is something interesting – I didn’t follow strictly the advice given by though. Inside the book, he mentioned that we SHOULD do colon cleansing after liver detox, which I didn’t do. And I later realized that my eye got more floaters and blurry for months! According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, eyes are connected to the liver. My Chinese doctor whom I later visited mentioned to me that it may be because the toxins were not fully driven out of the body/liver. So I would say make sure you go to a professional clinic or spa for colon cleansing treatment after liver detox.

      In fact, even though my skin got better, it still wasn’t under control and sometimes I would still have bumps that lasted for weeks. Then my husband introduced me to a Chinese doctor. And, I’ve been on a treatment with her for about 2 months by now; and feel that my skin has got SO MUCH better, seriously.

      I plan on writing about BOTH my post Acne No More experience and a review on my Traditional Chinese Medicine treatment (which has really tremendously healed my skin) in August. If you are interested, please feel free to subscribe to my newsletter and I can’t wait to share both with you.

      Also, please do not hesitate to let me know if you have more questions, Annie!

      In the end, I do believe the power of liver detox. Even my Chinese doctor also recommends that too. It is just that you really need to find a way to immediately expel toxins out of the body, once the toxins are driven out of your liver.

      Good luck with your adventure 😉

      Tracy

  3. Reply Annie Jul 19,2014 11:23 am

    Hi Tracy, thank you so much for the detail reply! I just started the plan this morning so fingers crossed! I will definitely subscribe to your news letter and follow your blog. Once again thanks for this amazing resource!

    • Reply Tracy Huang Jul 20,2014 11:34 am

      Hi Annie, good luck! Let me know how it goes. Would love to learn from your experience as well;)

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